Ted S. Warren, Associated Press
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch runs against the St. Louis Rams in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 30-13.

RENTON, Wash. — Pete Carroll, Tom Cable and Darrell Bevell came to a realization in early November that is arguably the biggest reason that the Seattle Seahawks are still in the playoff discussion, albeit with very slim chances.

After the Seahawks fell to 2-5 with a 34-12 loss to Cincinnati on Oct. 30, the trio of coaches decided they were done with gimmick offenses. Whether it was the best choice in terms of wins, the Seahawks were going to make a commitment to a run-first offense for the remainder of the season.

Since making that decision, Seattle has gone 4-2, has the top running back in the NFL in Marshawn Lynch and has found an identity for an offense that was desperately lacking one for the first half of the season.